May 19, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Communication Studies, B.A.


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College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences  > Jack J. Valenti School of Communication  > Communication Studies, B.A.

Students in this degree program will choose from two concentrations: Film & Media Studies and Interpersonal Communication.

In the Film & Media studies concentration, students will deal critically with media issues that create and affect public policy and will explore media management policy. Course materials will also cover content, technology, training, programming, marketing, and audiences in national and international contexts.

Additionally, students will have an opportunity to study film and its impact on media and society.

Students completing this concentration will gain background and understanding of communication that could lead to management, consulting or further study.

In the Interpersonal Communication concentration, students will gain knowledge of the interplay between communication and relationships on both micro and societal levels. At the micro level, students will develop analytic and communication skills needed to understand the process of relationship development, maintenance and deterioration. At the societal level, students will acquire critical reasoning skills needed to interpret images and messages about families and other small groups.

Students will be prepared for entry-level communication positions in organizations such as those allied with health care and human development or for advanced work in communication studies and other fields focusing on the analysis of human behavior.

Communication Major


Students in good academic standing may declare a degree program in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at any time. Students interested in the school but uncertain about a degree program may declare themselves Communication Unspecified (COMM-UN) up to completion of 30 hours. Then they must choose a degree program.

To declare a major in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication a student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 or higher on minimum of 12 semester hours at UH.

A transfer student or UH non-communication student with 15-60 semester hours of college credit who wants to declare a degree program in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication must have a 2.25 or higher cumulative grade point average, including any attempted transfer courses.

Applicants who have completed more than 60 semester hours of college credit need a 2.25 or higher cumulative grade point average on the last 60 hours.

Transfer students who have earned fewer than 15 semester hours of college credit must meet freshman admission requirements.

To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in any Valenti School degree program:

  1. Students must achieve a 2.00 cumulative GPA in all courses that count toward the major with at least a C in each.
  2. No COMM course for major (or minor) may be taken more than three times.

Hours Required For The B.A. Degree


  • UH Core = 42 hours
  • Jack J. Valenti School Requirements = 12 hours
  • Communication Studies = 27 hours
  • CLASS General Degree Requirements   
    • CLASS Block = 6 hours
    • CLASS Diversity Course = 3 hours
    • Minor = 15 hours
    • Foreign Language = 6 hours at sophomore level
  • General Electives = 9 hours

TOTAL = 120 hours


TOTAL - 21 Credit Hours


Jack J. Valenti School Requirements (12 hours)


Communication Studies Concentrations


Students will choose one of the following concentrations for the additional 27 hours required for the degree:

Communication Studies, B.A. - Film & Media Studies Concentration


Communication Studies, B.A. - Interpersonal Communication Concentration


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